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March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Peabody Awards has recognized two local television stations of The E.W. Scripps Company, KNXV in
Phoenix and KMGH in
Denver, for strong investigative journalism that led to new public safety efforts.
"The ABC15 Investigators" at KNXV won the industry's highest honor for "Ford Escape: Exposing a Deadly Defect." After an SUV accident claimed the life of an
Arizona teenager, KNXV's relentless five-month investigation revealed an acceleration problem that inspired a federal inquiry and the recall of more than 700,000 SUVs by Ford and Mazda.
"We believe our reporting had real impact nationwide and saved lives," said
Anita Helt, vice president and general manager of KNXV. "Taking action to make our community safer and better is our station's mission. This investigation is reflective of the kind of journalism we strive for every day."
At KMGH in
Denver, the series "Investigating the Fire" revealed widespread problems with the state's emergency system after a controlled burn by
Colorado state foresters turned deadly. The station used the Freedom of Information Act to uncover documents, as well as reviewed 911 recordings and recorded dozens of interviews that exposed errors and faulty systems.
"We served our community well in our coverage of the wildfire, but we didn't stop when the smoke cleared," said
Byron Grandy, vice president and general manager of KMGH. "Our news team reviewed countless documents and hours of 911 recordings to piece together failures in a system that our community thought it could trust. We are committed to holding our government agencies accountable for keeping our citizens safe and their homes protected."
"This is a huge honor for our journalists in
Denver who each day work to close that gap between what citizens and consumers deserve to know and what governments and companies want to hide," said
Rich Boehne, Scripps president and CEO. "We are honored that the Peabody committee recognized the grit and courage of our teams at KNXV and KMGH."
University of Georgia's
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced the 39 recipients of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards on Wednesday. KNXV and KMGH were two of only four winners selected by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for 2012.
The Peabody Awards, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The Peabodys recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.